For economic reasons, York needs industrial development within and around it. Ideally, this could be done without changing the nature of the community. Therefore, any industrial development should be light industrial, integrated within the community, and bringing with it some improvement or amenity for the community at large.
To control how the inevitable development affects the community, the City of York must proactively recruit small and mid-sized businesses in small-scale manufacturing, looking to the York Economic Development Corporation for targeting and strategies for such recruitment. The City of York will need to develop fully professional industrial product for these recruiting efforts. York also really needs to do something special, as it is disadvantaged in business recruitment in its competitive marketplace. York needs something marketable, something a healthy business will choose as being the best of all location choices (and not just the cheapest of all land). York should put forward a compelling vision for integrated, non-destructive, amenity-adding, light industrial development. Then, York should market this vision aggressively, in concert with the county.
To begin, the city should commit to partner, collaborate, support, and invest in the success of the East York Industrial Park. We should look at how to connect the success of East York with more development opportunities in other locations around the city. One challenge York faces is the lack of sewer infrastructure around the Alexander Love Bypass. This challenge must be overcome. Some long term opportunities include countywide and multi-jurisdictional initiatives. Short term opportunities lie in successful development in areas where there is currently appropriate infrastructure to inspire the community’s confidence to invest in laying down the remainder of the infrastructure around the bypass.